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Ace Hardware Partners with Florence Nonprofit to Help Feed the Hungry

The Ace Hardware store on Declaration Drive in Independence is kicking off a customer campaign to benefit Master Provisions.

Ace Hardware customers can add a donation to their bills when they checkout, with the gift going entirely to Master Provisions, a nonprofit based in Florence. Master Provisions connects vital resources to people in need. In Northern Kentucky in 2015, it made 4.5 million pounds of food available to over 160 agencies who work to feed the hungry in our community.

In-store displays will inform customers about the work of Master Provisions.

“We know our customers are generous, because they’ve supported point-of-purchase donations like these in the past,” said Ace Hardware store owner Bill Winegardner. “And, we’re happy that this year our Ace store can support a local group who is doing so much to help people here in Northern Kentucky.”

Master Provisions president Roger Babik expressed gratitude to Winegardner and the Ace team.

“A gift of one dollar enables us to provide enough food for 10 meals for our hungry neighbors,” he said. “And, we know that there is power in gifts of all sizes. We truly appreciate the generosity of Bill, the Ace Hardware staff and their customers.”

As Ace customers make a gift at checkout, they will have the opportunity to put their names on a card that will be added to the walls inside the store’s entrance.

“We look forward to seeing that wall filled up with cards by the end of April,” Winegardner said. “All of us will be able to look up and see how many more meals will be going out into the community.”

Master Provisions works with area food distributors to take their surplus, so that the food goes to help the hungry, rather than going to the landfill. Then area nonprofits use the food to provide direct help to people who at times lack the resources for enough food. Most of the food provided is fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, beverages and some frozen entrees, improving nutritional status as well.

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